(Warning: The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War)
Avengers: Infinity War surprised a lot of people this weekend. Why you may ask? No one expected to see Peter Dinklage in the movie. Geek Impulse heard rumors though leading up to the film from the Russo brothers. Eventually they confirmed and said he would be recognizable.
Game of Throne fans got to see Peter Dinklage as Eitri. Eitri in Norse mythology is a dwarf and an expert craftsman. In Marvel comics, Eitri is a dwarf king and a divine smith who can create invincible weapons. Eitri is the one who forged Mjolnir, Thor’s famous hammer that was crushed to pieces by Hela in Thor Ragnarok. In Infinity War, Thanos has seemingly killed all the Asgardians along with Thor’s foster brother Loki. Vengeful, the God of Thunder, wants to forge a new weapon, but knows that not just any weapon will do. He needs a weapon as powerful as Mjolnir. Here is a little bit of back story from SyFy Wire:
Over the many years, Uru has been used for many applications that MCU viewers will recognize including Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, Heimdall’s sword, The Destroyer, Odin’s spear Gungnir and his Odinsword. More esoteric Marvel Comics applications of Uru include Thor’s battle axe Jarnbjorn, Uroc the Unstoppable’s body and the enchanted mace, and Thunderstrike. Which brings us to Stormbreaker.
Stormbreaker is hammer used by Beta Ray Bill, who first appeared in Thor #337 back in 1983, as a part of Walter Simonson’s legendary run. Thor and Beta Ray Bill battled at Skartheim where Thor was defeated. Beta Ray Bill did not feel like it was right to take Mjolnir away from Thor even though he earned it, so Odin stepped in and had Eitri and the Dwarves of Nidavellir create Stormbreaker.
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